Ideas for English Lessons

World News

Subject: Storytelling + Spelling + Countries


Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 30-40 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation: (10-15 minutes).

1. Ask the students, e.g.:'What country is Vienna the capital of?' The player, who first calls out:'Austria!', comes to the board.

2. This player writes words, beginning with each letter of this country name like this:


Austria: actor, umbrella, salad, ticket, river, interview, armchair


3. Ask the same question with another capital and so on.

4. When each player has got a country, tell them to make up news from it in their notebook, using all the words, written by them on the board. Allow the students a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While they are writing, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary.

How to Play. After everyone has finished, bring the class to order. Afterwards, invite the players to take it in turns reading aloud their essays. The game continues as long as all the 'news' have been read aloud. The player, whose news is considered to be the best, becomes the winner of the game. If necessary, you can invite the players to vote.